Insatiable, Robin Roussel continues from Thursday on the page St. Andrews (Hero Open) with a… seventh week in a row in competition! A real physical marathon where the golferOzoir-la-Ferriere (77) distinguished himself by offering himself, for example, on June 18 to the Medoc (33) the title of French professional champion.
A rich period which also enabled him to discover the exceptional universe of PGA Tour through the two alternative tournaments co-sanctioned with DP World Tour : that Barbasol Championship (July 7-10) and the Barracuda Championship (July 14-17).
A few tournaments were played in Kentucky and California, respectively, on beautiful Lake Tahoe, with different sensations and results. But two experiences already unforgettable for the Frenchman, 29 years old on August 26.
” It was my very first time on the PGA Tourexplains the current 177th player in the European rankings. I was a little scared before flying to the US because I wasn’t prepared. I left in a bit of a disaster. With jet lag, I wasn’t sure how my body would react, especially when it came to sleep. In the end I was lucky. I feared everything outside of my golf game. Like logistics. But again, it was perfect. Hotel du Tour was 10-15 minutes from the golf course. The PGA Tour awards you a car for the week. For all players. Having only arrived at night from Sunday to Monday, I was driven to the hotel and left the car in the car park with the keys. Brand new Lexus 4×4. 5 star service. »
Author of a 64 (-8) at the opening of the Barbasol Championship, he took 2nd place in the tournament (tied with the Portuguese Ricardo Gouvéia)two lengths behind the Canadian Adam Svensson (-10). After 36 holes, he is still in the lead (3. ex-aequo) through a solid 68 (-4). Despite numerous stops due to very capricious weather, Robin Roussel tied for 27th with two final rounds played in 71 (-1) and 72 (by). This is his best result of the season on the DP World Tour so far in seventeen starts (for five cuts cleared).
” I played very wellhe continues. The punches came out easily. I drove well, I chained good iron shots… I made two or three putts, a chip from the green… Everything was going in the right direction. On Sunday I dipped a little into my reserves. I took the hit a bit. The tournament was greatly disrupted by the weather. Last Friday I spent ten to twelve hours playing golf. On Saturday I arrived at the site at 11.00, I left at 22.00… To play only 4 four holes. And on Sunday we played more than 30 holes. »
” Looking back, I think I lost the rhythm a bithe continues. In the small important moments of the game, which I had negotiated well in the first three days, things went a little less in my direction. On the last day I failed to putt the 2-3 putts early in the game and quickly found myself 5-6 putts down. But looking back, it was a really good week. »
This tournament in Nicholasville, with $3.7 million in prize money, in the heart of the United States, also allowed him to see that he had plenty of games to compete with the best. Even on the PGA Tour, despite a field cut off from its stars, present at the same time on Scottish Open on North Berwick (victory of Xander Schauele).
” We all know that when you are fit and on top of your game, you can win the tournamenthe confirms. We are 140 in this case. Me first. I can easily play -5 or -6 every day. I proved it to myself by doing -8 the first day and -4 the second… It wasn’t stressful at all. Stress occurs when you are on the front line, but the game is slipping away from you. That was not the case there. I had great feelings, I put the ball where I wanted. There was no need to stress anymore. »
You think a little less about the performance, and you discover the atmosphere. You like. It’s my 5th year on the Tour and you tell yourself that you would dream of playing on the PGA Tour. And there I was
” This 27th place is somewhat anecdotal to me. Although I have been playing better for a few weeks. It’s funny because I can feel a little more pressure on the European Tour. To make the card, you have to play well. As you arrive there, you discover a little bit of everything. You think a little less about the performance, and you discover the atmosphere. You like. It’s my 5th year on the Tour and you tell yourself that you would dream of playing on the PGA Tour. And there I was. It was a huge pleasure! »
So I regret not starting at the Barracuda Championship the following week. A deal like no other, as it takes place in a different format than the usual stroke game: the modified stableford. Each player who succeeds with an eagle scores 5 points against 2 for a birdie. But no sense for a couple. Worse, in case of a bogey, it is one point less on the leaderboard and -3 points for a double or more.
” I definitely should have approached this tournament differentlyanalyzes Robin Roussel. This formula clearly favors the attack. The more eagles and birdies we make, the better we are placed. The guy playing in par with 5 birdies and 5 bogeys and the guy playing in par with 18 pars will be five strokes behind. It changes everything. It’s not my favorite formula. It’s pretty special. But what a memory too! »
People encouraged me when they didn’t know who I was. Even the guys from security, guys from the police… The security guards at the entrance to the dressing rooms ask you how you played, all this accompanied by a friendly pat on the back, to motivate you a little more Again
” When I returned, I said to myself that this is one of the most beautiful places I have been thanks to golf. My favorite place is leopard brook (South Africa) but it is not the same beauty at all. We are right in the middle of the African fauna, with the wild animals… There, near Lake Tahoe, there was such a visual beauty, with this forest of fir trees and corridors in the trees… I love it. It was beautiful and very wild. I missed the cut by several shots, but at no point did I feel frustrated or angry, it was so great… »
Of these fortnights on the PGA Tour, the winner of Hauts de France – Pas de Calais Golf Open 16 June 2019 at Challenge Tour also preserves the unique atmosphere around and in the tournaments. Incomparable.
” People encouraged me when they didn’t know who I was. Even the guys from security, guys from the police… The security guards at the entrance to the changing rooms ask you how you played, all this accompanied by a friendly pat on the back, to motivate you a little more Again. We feel like we are in a sports country. Top athletes are respected… One day I’ll stop for gas. The guy at the station sees the tournament logo on the car. We stayed ten minutes to discuss, to know how it had happened to me. Something that will never happen to you in France… I stayed in the US for a year right after my matriculation, but I had never been back there since. I didn’t remember it being this cool. »
It was already a long-term goal, but now I admit it has become even stronger. I really want to go back there as soon as possible. Especially when you know that at the end of the 2023 season there will be 10 spots for the PGA Tour…
The question now is whether this opened new perspectives for him, created new goals in him…. In short, these two weeks with Uncle Sam will change his short-term plans and give him the desire to take the leap to participate in the most demanding circuit among professionals?
” It was already a long-term goal, but now I admit it has become even strongerhe concludes. I really want to go back there as soon as possible. Especially when you know that at the end of the 2023 season there will be 10 spots on the PGA Tour… That’s one hell of a carrot. This is unheard of for us. Normally, going on the PGA Tour, it’s a hassle not possible. Almost impossible except to win more tournaments and join the top 50 in the world. Or go through the cards in Korn ferry ride… As a European, if you don’t live there, you don’t have a chance. The end of the season on the DP World Tour 2022 will therefore be very important. The main purpose will of course be to keep the card. »